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A man in Lakeport’s been arrested after reports of threats to a woman he was living with. Police get a call last Friday to threats of a stabbing. When they arrive at the home, police say Lizardo Velasquez wouldn’t open the door for them and told officers to leave or he’d "Blow them up". The female victim inside opened the back door to the home, officers moved her out of the area and went into the home, Velasquez was tazered but still grabbed a knife and tried to approach, but was warned he’d be shot if he did. The knife fell to the floor as the Tazer was charged and hit the man, he went to the hospital to be checked out and was later taken to jail and booked for domestic violence, terrorist threats, exhibiting a deadly weapon, resisting a peace officer, assault on a peace officer and for an outstanding warrant.

More than 17,500 pot plants have been found and taken by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit in Lake County. The officers had conducted over flight missions in early April to try to find illegal marijuana cultivation sites in the county. Cops found two big marijuana growing operations on public land near Indian Valley Reservoir. They say the sites each had several thousand marijuana plants. So last week they went to the scene of their over flight with officers of many agencies, in two teams, at each site at the same time. They arrested Alvar Alvarez of Bakersfield who was taken down by a police dog as he tried running. There were 11,500 plants there and the other site had another 6,000. At that site, two people ran from the scene and were not located.

The Mendocino County Sheriff says a fiscal analysis of his Mental Health ordinance only featured worst case scenarios. Sheriff Tom Allman speaking on his Mental Health Facility Development Ordinance of 2016 which the Board of Supervisors was presented with by the Executive Office. The office along with the Health and Human Services Agency and outside consultants showed if the ordinance passes in November, the county could face almost $5 million a year to operate. The Daily Journal says Supervisors accepted the fiscal analysis as provided but is asking the county auditor to prepare a fiscal impact statement to go on the November ballot with the ordinance.

A man in Fort Bragg’s been arrested for an attempted burglary and violation of probation. Police say a man heard a noise at his back door and went to look and saw a man trying to force the door opened. He tried to push back and says the suspect ran off. So the homeowner called 911. Sheriff’s Deputies recognized the suspect description as Jade Bennett, who lives nearby so they went to his house saying they had probable cause to arrest Bennett for the attempted burglary. He was being held at the Mendocino County Jail without bail.

Healthy turnout for the Calif. Public Utilities Commission hearing in Ukiah. Last Friday the sheriff, representatives from CalFire, Police departments, Fire departments and other emergency responders were on hand, sharing stories. The hearing which started at 2:30 was supposed to end at 4:30, but with the large turnout it continued past 6 pm. They are still accepting written comments for those who didn’t get a chance to speak. The link of the video of the hearing is on the broadband alliance website, there’s also a document showing who the speakers were and the time they spoke along with a summary of comments.

The Point Arena City Council says they don’t agree with a recent Mendocino County grand jury report that says they give preferential treatment to bypass code enforcement. The report says a city council member was living in an unpermitted structure with no sewer hookups, and another councilor ran a biofuel business without a license, but they were not named in the report. They also accuse the council of enforcing codes against members of the public, but not employees of the city. There was some agreement though, the council agreeing with the recommendation to follow through with contracting with the county for code enforcement services.

A Santa Rosa man reported missing last week in the Mendocino area has been found dead. Benedet Pearson and his wife were staying at a vacation rental when he went out for a walk Friday night on some trails in the woods on the north side of Little Lake Road. He didn’t take his cell phone with him and when he didn’t show up a couple hours later, his wife called the sheriff’s dept. The dept. and their Volunteer Search and Rescue Team came out Saturday morning and found his body in the woods. Officials do not suspect foul play.

An appeal over building a Dollar General in Middletown is on the agenda for the Lake County Board of Supervisors. Cross Development is appealing the Lake County Planning Commission’s denial of the plan to build the 9,100-square-foot store on State Highway 29. Lake Co News reports the Commission unanimously voted down the plan in April, citing conflicts with the Middletown Area Plan; last week the Middletown Area Town Hall also voted against the store with some community members saying they were concerned about traffic and economic impacts. The Supervisors meet this morning at 9 a.m. at the Lake County Courthouse.

Rolling through a stop sign has led to an arrest for a Willits woman on probation. Tammy Henderson was pulled over Friday night when a deputy saw she did not come to a complete stop at a sign and she wasn’t wearing a seat belt. He pulled her over but when he asked for ID she said she didn’t have her purse with her and gave a fake name and birth date. But then the deputy found she did have her purse and ID’d her. He said she told him she gave a fake name because she was on probation and didn’t want to be arrested. And she was – for Possession of a Controlled Substance, False Impersonation and Violation of Probation. She was being held without bail.

Firefighters make quick work of a fire behind the Redbud Library in Clearlake. The fire reported just before 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Police on the scene too, keeping people away from the fire area. Radio reports shows those at the nearby Highlands Senior Center were told to shelter in place and Brookside senior living started evacuations due to safety protocol. The fire reported as one to one and a half acres in size. It was out quickly, about 90 minutes after. No cause has been reported.

Three runaways busted for using a big tractor to smash through the wall of a school building, where they went inside and swiped sodas and portable radios. It happened at a Central Unified School District building in Fresno County Sunday. Police say they saw three kids run from the area, but they were caught fast. All three said to be runaways from a nearby group home. The tractor from a construction site in the area, drove through the side of one of the buildings. The boys booked into Fresno County Juvenile Hall on various charges, including commercial burglary and felony vandalism.

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Local gun store owners say they’re concerned they’ll lose business due to the newly signed gun legislation by Gov. Brown. The 6 related bills to shore up gun control don’t go into effect until Jan. 1st 2017. The bills require background checks to purchase ammunition, ban “high-capacity” ammunition magazines with 10 or more rounds by July 1st 2017, ban weapons with a “bullet button” which is quick release of an ammunition magazine by use of a tool, those who’ve previously, and knowingly, made false reports of a theft or lost firearm cannot have a gun for a decade and there will be limitations on lending firearms to family members who haven’t had a background check.

Mendocino County murderer Michael Charles Camou has not gotten parole for another three years. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Camou entered a stipulation for his parole hearing. He stipulated, per the California Code of Regulations that he didn’t think he was suitable for parole. The Board of Parole can set three, five, seven, 10 or a 15-year periods until the next hearing in such cases. Camou got 25-years-to-life in August 1992 for the shooting death of Steven “Chuckie” Rhorer at a pot garden northeast of Laytonville.

Four more mosquito samples and a dead bird have tested positive for West Nile in Lake County. The skeeters captured in Kelseyville, Upper Lake, and Anderson Marsh. And the dead bird, which was a great blue heron, was found 2 weeks ago in Upper Lake. This just two weeks after, a domestic turkey from north Lakeport was found to be positive for West Nile virus. There have been no human cases of the virus in Lake County — or the rest of California — so far this year.

Word that one Northern Calif. County’s medical marijuana is being treated with unapproved pesticides. Some labs are not even allowed to test the products even if weed has a label on it that says “pesticide free”. If the unapproved pesticides are ingested that could add on to health ailments some already have or create new ones. Chlorpyrifos, Disulfoton, and Imidacloprid have all been found on local marijuana crops. They’ve been found in Yolo county, but the Department of Agriculture says they’ve only been able to test for 12 different pesticides not typically used.

The jury’s hearing the murder case against Billy Ray Mount. The case started last week for Mount who’s accused of killing Steven Galvin, aka “TBone,” outside of a home in Clearlake. The first witness got on the stand last week, James Black, who lives near where the shooting happened. He saw a white truck drive away after hearing gunshots. The second witness was Brian McKinnie, another neighbor who also saw a white pickup truck and also saw 2 men arguing and heard gunshots. A juvenile also testified he was going door to door at the time looking for yard work and also saw a small white pickup and heard one gunshot.

The Ukiah City Council’s deciding if they should hire an independent auditor for an evaluation of the Ukiah Police Department. The UPD Chief Chris Dewey wants to hire a lawyer from Palo Alto who does audits for police in Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Davis. Dewey says it will show what they’re doing right or wrong. The lawyer would review all of the department’s internal investigations and complaints filed against it plus the reports of use of force, including every time handcuffs are used, even during an arrest. The lawyer charges $2,000 a day, and the chief says it should be 10 visits with the lawyer reporting back with findings to the City Manager.

Students in Calif. will now learn firsthand, starting in second grade, about families with two moms or two dads. After they hear about immigrants in Calif, they’ll start to learn about New Yorker Harvey Milk, a pioneering gay politician in San Francisco. The State Board of Education has unanimously said yes to the classroom instruction to be in line with the country’s first law that requires public schools include prominent gay Americans and LGBT rights milestones in history classes.

A wannabe nun told she couldn’t go into a convent until she paid off her student loan debt has started a Gofundme account to raise the cash. 28 year old Alida Taylor was accepted to the Sisters of Life in New York City in September but she had to first pay off $12,000 in student loans. Not a problem, she raised more than that last week, hitting more than $22,000. She says the overflow will be used for a vocation fund for Casa Guadalupe, a house of prayer and discernment for Catholic women. She’s been staying there until she goes to the covent.

A naked woman has been arrested after police say she held a lighter to a propane tank. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office reports the woman was resisting arrest and bit an officer in the hand. They say she didn’t hurt the officer because Sarah Jo Longacre has no teeth. The 45 year old’s mom told police she’d been drinking for days and started sucking propane in their garage. A deputy kicked the propane tank away from the woman and says it seemed empty. She told officers she was huffing fumes and that she had consumed 2 liters of alcohol.

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A man from Idaho arrested in connection to a fake bomb threat to a Starbucks in Ukiah. Police say the man called the coffee shop in January and the business was evacuated, but when police checked the building there was no suspicious device. Officers connected Tayden Liebschwager of Nampa, Idaho to the threat after finding out he had dated an employee of the business. When the threat occurred, that employee was not there. Police say Liebschwager was found by the U-S Marshall’s Service Wednesday in Boise. He was booked into Ada County Jail on $30,000 bail for suspicion of making a false bomb threat and for contempt of court.

$125,000 in grant money from the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation to United Way of the Wine Country. The grant for Lake and Mendocino counties – for their Schools of Hope program. The bank’s money will go to expand a reading program to help raise the amount of third-grade students reading at grade level. The program will expand to nine more schools in the 2 counties where just 23 percent of all third- graders read proficiently and more than 80 percent are from low income or poor households. The impact grants help early childhood and K-12 students expand their educational experience, promote well-being and inspire students to reach their full potential.

A fire east of the Mendocino K-8 school believed to be arson related. Sheriff’s deputies were looking for a white man described to be in the area, in his late teens to early twenties, shoulder length blondish hair who they say told witnesses about seeing an armed gunman, which deputies say was a diversionary tactic. They connected 18 year old Simon Raye to the fire and arrested him yesterday afternoon in Fort Bragg. He was being held in the Mendocino County Jail with bail set at $25,00.00

Admission rates at University of California campuses changing. New data released this week shows admission rates for instate freshmen were way up at Santa Cruz, Davis and Riverside, plus they hit higher than 20 percent at UC Berkeley for the first time since 2009. 67.5 percent of California high school seniors trying for a UC were offered a slot at at least one campus, up from 60 percent last year. Freshman trying for the most competitive schools — Berkeley, at 21.3 percent, and Los Angeles, at 17.7 percent. Both sent offers to more than 1,000 more California high school seniors compared to a year ago.

A new University of California survey shows about a fifth of the students in the system have gone hungry this past year and 23 percent more were “food insecure”. The UC system is committing to spending more than $3 million to address the problem. 29 percent of the food insecure students polled said they had troubles studying due to hunger, 25 percent reported having to pick either paying for food or other expenses like books and housing, and another 15 percent had to choose between paying for food and medicine.

The Willits City Council’s come up with ideas for the budget to eliminate projected deficits. The meeting Wednesday went on for hours with the council going line by line thru expenditures and making adjustments with the city manager and finance director. The recommendations to be worked on by city staff and brought back to the council. The deficit blamed on a sales tax decrease of nearly $200,000, a loss of REMCO payments and the election costs, plus personnel changes and retirement increases of just under $140,000.

A preliminary budget’s been approved by the Little Lake Fire District for 2016-17. The budget at just under $1 million adds the possibility of a couple of new vehicles to the mix. There’s a $110,000 increase over last year’s budget which includes money from grants to pay for items. The final budget should be approved at the district’s Sept. 8th meeting.

A slow Brooktrails Township Community Service District agenda had the topic changing to the emergency exit system. Mendocino County District 3 Supervisor Tom Woodhouse was at the meeting Tuesday, asking about conditions of the emergency accesses. He told those there that was part of his campaign promise, to check in. The GM of the district says the accesses, besides the one leading to Highway 20, were all fine. Apparently whoever’s property that is spends a lot of time out of the state.

Attempted murder and robbery charges have been filed against the two men police connected to the Loomis truck hold up in Windsor. Suspected shooter Ivan Morales of Lakeport and Sergey Gutsu of Antelope were in court yesterday for the Tuesday afternoon heist outside Chase Bank. Morales is accused of shooting the guard with an assault rifle and Gutsu of firing a pistol at a cop in Calistoga. They both face life sentences if they’re found guilty. They’re due back in court July 29th.

A man in New York says he lost his current girlfriend while playing Pokemon Go, which landed him in his ex girlfriend’s apartment. Evan Scribner busted after the game’s mapping software allowed his girlfriend to see where he was catching Pokemon critters. That’s pretty tame compared to some other Pokemon Go stories, a couple former Marines playing the game in Fullerton somehow caught a criminal they say they saw touching children inappropriately at a nearby park. Another NY man crashed his car into a tree while playing the game and 3 people ended up in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. playing the game, which led to them banning it altogether.

A man in Nashville’s on the run after robbing a gas station with his face, wrapped, in T.P. The man went into a Twice Daily gas station early yesterday, went into the bathroom grabbed the toilet paper roll, unrolled, covered his face, pulled out a gun, then demanded money from the clerk. Police say they’re watching surveillance video, trying to get a frame of the guy’s face before he managed to cover it with the toilet paper.

More than 23,000 pot plants have been found at a couple of grow sites in Lake County and pulled out. Narcotics detectives doing routine flyover missions in Lake County located illegal grows, one in the Dry Creek area of Middletown and the other in the Butts Canyon area of Middletown. So Monday detectives went to both sites. At the Dry Creek site, they found diverted water, fertilizer, pesticides and ammunition, but no suspects so they pulled almost 12,000 mature marijuana plants from the site. Then at the Butts Canyon site, they found an area they say looked like 2 people had been there, but nobody was around. They found another nearly 12-thousand plants and diverted water and got rid of the plants.

Another reminder about the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Public Participation Hearing (PPH). The hearing tomorrow will be about Rural Call Completion and Dial Tone Access in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, (415) 703-1366 or reach out to Trish Steel with the Mendocino Broadband Alliance, chairman.

A couple of major issues tabled at the latest Lake County board of supervisors meeting because a couple supervisors weren’t at the meeting. The first, separating the water resources and public works departments, but District 1 Supervisor Jim Comstock wasn’t there so it wasn’t discussed. Then the other continuance regarding the debt obligation deal for District 4 Supervisorial candidate Martin Scheel and his crane that went into the lake almost 5 years ago. Scheel was given extra time to try to get a loan to pay the fee. Many board members wanted to do the loan within the county and charge 10 percent interest, but there was back and forth on the interest amount. The topic will be discussed again next week.

Positive polling for the President Barack Obama in California. The Record Bee reports more than half the registered voters polled approve of Obama’s performance. A new poll released Tuesday shows 57 percent of voters approve of the president’s performance, and 37 percent disapprove. The field poll director says it’s mostly correlated to how well the economy is going. He attributed the good numbers with low unemployment and rising stock market indexes.

Fines could be coming for multiple property owners in Clearlake for code violations. The city council will consider liens against 19 properties at their meeting today. The penalties between $2,500 and $5,000. If the council approves of the fines, citizens might be able to get off with paying only 10 percent of the fine if they do it within 30 days. The meeting at 6 p.m. at Clearlake City Hall.

Less than an hour for a jury to return guilty verdicts against a man accused of domestic violence last month. The jury convicted Efrain Barron of Hopland for domestic battery and brandishing, both misdemeanors. He was sentenced to 36 months formal (supervised) probation and 90 days in the county jail. He was also ordered to enroll in and finish a 52-week domestic violence/anger management course, stay away from booze, perform 25 hours of community service, not own or possess firearms, and not possess any dangerous weapons. There’s also a criminal protective order to keep him away from the victim and her children.

A group against logging hundreds of acres of timberland along the lower Gualala River say they’re suing. Notice given to Cal Fire from environmental groups in the North Coast against the logging that would include century-old redwood trees. They say it will also degrade sensitive floodplain habitat for plants and wildlife. The Press Democrat reports water quality regulators and Cal Fire had previously said there would be environmental protection that meets state standards. This over the plan to log 402-acres called “Dogwood”. The groups waiting to find out if Cal Fire was going to negotiate before July 20th, so they can file suit by the legally required 30 days of the plan’s approval.

The city of Cloverdale looking to get in on the tax benefit of regulating medicinal marijuana and potentially legal pot if that passes on the November ballot. A majority of voters in Cloverdale have to approve the proposed tax, which could also appear on the November ballot. The Mayor says they’ve got multiple people who want to open dispensaries or other cannabis businesses so it makes sense to tax it. The same goes for multiple Calif cities and municipalities including Santa Barbara, Grover Beach in San Luis Obispo County and Fillmore in Ventura County. There are already at least 18 cities with commercial marijuana taxes in place.

A man from Lakeport is one of two suspects being held without bail on suspicion of robbing a bank and shooting an armored-truck guard Tuesday in Windsor. Ivan Morales was captured in Calistoga Tuesday night along with Serge Gutsu of Antelope. Police claim they were armed and wearing masks when they robbed Windsor’s Chase Bank and shot the guard. They then took off in an SUV and allegedly fired shots at a Calistoga cop who chased them until he rammed their vehicle and caused it to crash. Morales ran but he was found hiding in a culvert. A search of both suspects’ homes reportedly turned up several weapons. Both are set to be arraigned Thursday. The guard is in a hospital but his location and condition were not released.

A Tuesday afternoon wild fire that closed a portion of Highway 29 in Lakeport also burned a car and part of a homeless camp. It broke out around 130pm across the street from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Martin Street. Firefighters from Lakeport, Kelseyville, Northshore and Cal Fire all responded and kept it to about two-and-a-half acres with containment in under 90 minutes. Lakeport’s Fire Chief told Lake Co News they don’t yet know what started it but they have a couple leads. No one was hurt but two people were living in the car that burned. The Red Cross was helping them out.

Ten people had to be rescued Saturday after a boat sank in Clear Lake. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says everyone on the boat was wearing a life vest and none were hurt after the fiberglass motorboat took on water near Austin’s Beach. The boat’s owner told the sheriff’s Marine Patrol he was heading back to shore around 5 p.m. when the waves picked up to three and four feet in height, and began crashing over the bow of the boat. He says the boat began filling with water, which activated the bilge pump, but the pump was unable to keep up with the water and it capsized. People on a nearby vessel rescued the ten boaters.

The F-C-C voting on a plan to open a new part of the wireless spectrum – to encourage the development of the next generation of cell phones and wireless devices, called 5-G. F-C-C Chairman Tom Wheeler says this will allow U-S companies to be the first to deploy the faster technology. But Joel Moskowitz, an expert on radio frequency emissions with U-C Berkeley, says there’s barely any research on the health effects of 3- and 4-G, much less 5-G. He says a recent comprehensive government study showed a small but significant percentage of male rats exposed to lifelong 2-G cell phone radiation developed cancerous or precancerous cells.

Cut 53345 :13 "I don’t think we should blindly plow ahead and unleash these new technologies on the public because we’re experimenting with the public. We’d be saturating people’s environments with this new form of man-made radiation."

Tag: Current wireless devices range between two-point-four and five gigahertz of exposure. The F-C-C says the next generation would operate between 28 and 71 gigahertz. Moskowitz says 5-G technology is more line-of-sight than current devices, so it would require millions of small transmitters just about everywhere, including on existing utility poles. The vote happens today.

A former Redwood Valley man about to go to on trial for Attempted Murder has reached a plea deal with the prosecution. Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster says the jury selection that began Monday in the case against Eugene Peterson, Jr. ended yesterday with Peterson pleading no contest to the attempted murder of Wes Fairbairn with an admission of using a firearm, criminal threats against both Fairbairn and his wife, Jan Fairbairn, residential burglary with an admission to it being a violent felony, and assault with a firearm on Jan Fairbairn. Peterson faces 25 years in prison when he’s sentenced in September.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration is still looking into whether marijuana should continue to be classified as a top-tier narcotic. A decision is expected within weeks on whether to rewrite the 1970 Schedule I list which classified pot alongside heroin, LSD and peyote as drugs the DEA considers highly addictive and with no proven medical use. But the Record Bee reports with more scientific studies suggesting marijuana has medical value in treating chronic pain, seizures and other conditions, the DEA is taking another look, although they have not said to which Schedule they could reclassify it. Medical marijuana is now legal in 25 states including California and recreational use legal in four states plus Washington, D.C. with California set to vote on it in November.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman’s Mental Health Facility Development Ordinance has made it to the November ballot. It was announced yesterday that there were about 4,300 signatures on the petition and the Mendocino County Clerk-Assessor-Recorder Susan Ranochak says there’s at least 2,502 valid signatures from registered voters. The initiative requires 2/3 majority to pass. If it does, it means a .5 cent sales tax increase for five years to raise more than $20 million to develop infrastructure for a Mental Health Service Center.

Another armor car robbery, this time masked men had an assault rifle, shooting the guard in Windsor. The robbery yesterday at a busy shopping complex which led to a massive search for the robbers into Napa County with more shots fired at a Calistoga Cop. Residents in that town were ordered on lock-down. The guard went to a hospital in Santa Rosa with three gunshots from an AK-47. A suspect was injured in a confrontation with a Calistoga police officer who rammed his car into him after he shot at the officer. The other robber appears to have gotten away after a wide spread search. The Loomis driver attacked a day after a Brinks guard was involved in a shootout with a robber in Sacramento County.

Murders in Clearlake at a record. The State Attorney General’s office has released 2015 numbers which law enforcement officials say can be placed squarely on illegal marijuana production as the cause. The deaths had Lake County’s overall homicide numbers at their highest in about a decade. 6 of the murders were last year in Clearlake and growing weed was somehow connected to five of the killings. The report shows Sonoma County, a much larger area with more than seven times as many residents, had nine murders in 2015. There were 1,861 homicides in Calif. last year, a nearly 10 percent increase.

Police say a man trying to get away after a minor traffic violation, climbed into a jail by accident. The San Diego Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/29OPAOX ) says deputies started chasing the guy early yesterday morning in Oceanside but he wouldn’t stop so a chase started in Vista. Police say the driver pulled into the Vista Jail parking lot, got out and ran then climbed over a fence to an area where prisoners are taken for booking. Convenient for him, he was arrested right there and booked for resisting and obstructing police.

A group in Sacramento has a peaceful march planned in support of Black Lives Matter, taking it to the Capitol. The group called Wake Up Sacramento says they want to dialog with police and let them know they’re on their side and want the same. Officers in Sacramento are working on communication and bias training so they can work with the black community. Assemblyman Jim Cooper says he wants his body cam bill to be looked at again, after being shot down by the Senate Public Safety Committee.

A man from Southern California’s been arrested for animal cruelty after his Chihuahua tested positive for methamphetamine. 21 year old Isaiah Nathaniel Sais of Fontana was being held in jail after veterinarians found the Chihuahua, named Jack Sparrow, was having convulsions and seizures when he was brought to the emergency center on July 5th. The man left after finding the dog tested positive. Animal services took the dog from him for treatment.

The hearing’s coming for the California Public Utilities Commission’s Public Participation regarding the Rural Call Completion and Dial Tone Access Proceeding. Commissioner Catherine Sandoval is going to be here this Friday to hear any telecommunications concerns including some of the issues with Rural Call Completion, including recent outages that made it impossible to connect to 911. Mendocino County’s urging anyone who experienced call failures or outages, or other communication breakdowns to voice their concerns at the hearing. It’s in the Board of supervisors Chambers in Ukiah from 2:30pm to 4:30pm Friday with written comments allowed to the Pubic Advisor’s Office ahead of the meeting.

Cobb has increased access to high speed Internet service thanks to network upgrades by AT&T. The provider is continuing to rebuild its network in the area after significant damage in the Valley Fire. Internet in 500 locations will result in access to more than 140,000 rural customers.

A shootout in Sacramento between an armored car guard and suspected armed robber leave two people in critical condition. The shootout last Friday outside a Golden 1 Credit Union branch where the Brinks armored car guard was leaving with a bag of cash. A man wearing a mask armed with a handgun went up to the driver and a shootout happened, both were injured in the quick exchange of shots. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s office says the guard was shot once in the upper body and was found lying on the ground. The suspected robber hit by shots multiple times.

The wine industry in Napa is asking for tougher federal labeling standards for bottles of wine. Local vintners upset about exemptions by the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau which they complain misleads the public and hurts the reputation of wine regions. The proposal means labels would have to be changed regarding claims of vintage dates, varietals and geographic region where the grapes are grown. Congressman Mike Thompson with other California lawmakers has been working on the issue too, writing to the bureau regarding the lax federal rules.

Clearlake still working toward its new marijuana cultivation permitting process. Lake Co News reports the Clearlake City Council had passed a new cultivation ordinance in February after an ad hoc committee helped craft wording. The committee made up of council members, business people and dispensary owners. The ordinance bans commercial cultivation and requires a city-issued permit to legally grow and harvest marijuana. Permits will be $150 which city officials say will help pay for the city to administer the program. So far there’s been 47 permits issued.

Police in New Orleans arrest a woman they say stole nearly $900 worth of fingernail polish from a CVS drug store. Police say 27 year old Raushawn Ford was arrested and held without bond for theft and possessing stolen property.

Calif.’s expecting about $3 billion more in property tax revenues. The money for schools and local governments this fiscal year. The new assessment after local property taxes were calculated thru June 30th with valuation gains of as high as 9 percent in San Francisco. Only Kern County had a reported loss of taxable property values, but a big part of its taxable property is underground, like in oil and reserves. The Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget was calling for a 5.6 percent increase in California property taxes for 2016-17 and that’s up slightly for May, with about $300 billion more to the $5.5 trillion in taxable values.

A dad out fishing with his 6 year old son and the kid gets a big one. Dad and son Lars and Blake White fishing off Cape Cod Saturday when the boy hooks a great white shark. Apparently the 10-12 foot long shark was hooked and tried to surface and unhook for an hour and a half. They got some pictures of it, then the family cut the fishing line and freed it.

Mendocino National Forest starting fire restrictions. Beginning tomorrow restrictions start because of dry conditions and increased risk of wildfires. This means fires, campfires, charcoal fires or stoves are banned except in several recreation sites including in the Grindstone Ranger District, Upper Lake Ranger District, Covelo Ranger District. Some of the restrictions vary by district. In some areas lanterns or portable stoves that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed as long as campers have a current California Campfire Permit with them. For more info and to get a permit, visit www.preventwildfireca.org.

Report of Vandalism at a pizza joint in Fort Bragg. Police say they got a call last Friday to the Round Table Pizza on S. Main St. Police found a rock had been tossed thru a window facing the dining room and causing major damage. Then the next day officers went to Rite Aid for reports of vandalism, damage to several front windows of the business. The same day they had a call to another broken window at Round Table again. Their day didn’t end there, they get a call later to a broken window in the front of Starbucks Coffee. Cops think the same person was involved in all 4 incidents and the 3 businesses. They’re investigating, but ask anyone with any knowledge of any of the cases to call Officer Breyer at the Fort Bragg Police Department.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will be conducting low-level helicopter patrols tomorrow to inspect electric distribution lines for maintenance in rural and remote areas in parts of Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma counties. They’ll also be looking for dead hazard trees. Flights will start around 8 am and finish up by 4pm

Lakeport’s Board of Supervisors will meet tomorrow to again discuss a proposal to separate the Water resources and public works departments. The separation of the departments was initially discussed in March, but was left as is pending further discussion. Supervisor Jim Steele brought up the idea again saying the county may be losing grant dollars by not having a separate department head overseeing the lake

A 3-year-old Sonoma boy died after being run over by a truck Sunday night. California Highway Patrol tells the press democrat that the boy’s mother pulled his stroller out of the path of the truck, but the boy, who wasn’t restrained fell out of the stroller and into the crosswalk where he was run over. The boy was flown to a hospital in Napa where he was pronounced dead. The driver 65 year old Bedford Ealum says he didn’t see the boy. He did not show any signs of alcohol impairment. Officials plan to return to the crash site this evening to determine if the angle of the sun may have obscured his vision.

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This Friday Mendocino county is hosting a California Public Utilities Commission Public Participation Hearing regarding the Rural Call Completion and Dial Ton Access Proceeding. Commissioner Catherine Sandoval will be there to listen to any telecommunications concerns including some of the issues with Rural Call Completion, including recent outages that made it impossible to connect to 911. The County is urging anyone who has experienced call failures or outages, or other communication issues to voice their concerns at the hearing. IT will be held in the Board of supervisors Chambers in Ukiah from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Written comments can also be submitted to the Pubic Advisor’s Office ahead of the meeting.

A man was arrested by California Highway Patrol after flipping his Jeep off of Highway 10 in Petaluma. Early Monday morning Police found an Jeep flipped onto it’s roof on an off ramp with no one inside, and several open beer bottles. Some way down the road officers found 24 year old Adam Begay passed out on the ground. Begay was treated for minor injuries and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

Cobb has increased access to high speed Internet service thanks to network upgrades by AT&T. The provider is continuing to rebuild it’s network in the area after significant damage in the Valley Fire. The deployment of Internet in 500 locations will result in access to more than 140,000 rural customers.

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The construction industry is finally rebounding, but it’s being hampered by a construction worker shortage. Industry professionals tell the Ukiah Daily Journal that the worker shortage is a statewide problem despite construction permits being up across the board in most counties. While the number of permits is going up, the number of licensed contractors has dropped. According to the Contractors State License Board there are nearly 21,000 fewer licensed contractors in the state compared to 10 years ago. Many former construction workers left the industry during recent economic downturns when work was slow, and have found other work or left for other areas, leaving a hole in the industry. Besides the quantity of workers,there is also a quality issue. Keith Woods, CEO of North Coast Builders Exchange says the pay is good, but many are turned off by the long hours and physical labor. He says finding workers who can pass a drug test is also an issue.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office will take part in a joint training exercise next week with the California National Guard, Cal Fire, Search and Rescue Teams from Lake, Napa, Marin, and Mendocino Counties, and the US Army Corps or Engineers. The training will involve extended search and rescue missions in difficult to access or dangerous terrain. Helicopters, National Guard crews, and Cal fire teams will all be used in the training exercise. As part of the training the South Lake Mendocino Wildlife area, including all hiking trails east of the Lake Mendocino Dam to the general public starting on Monday July 11th. They’ll re-open on Thursday the 14th.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Ismael Rodriguez for multiple drug violations during an unrelated investigation. Rodriguez’s home was searched as part of a condition of his probation. Deputies found 27.5 grams of methamphetamine, 4.5 grams of cocaine, 16 grams of psychedelic mushrooms, and 18 pounds of marijuana. Deputies also seized a variety of other drug paraphernalia. Rodriguez is charged with possession for sale of marijuana, narcotics possessed for sale, and violation of probation.